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The Latest on Colorado tornadoes: Man wades in chest-deep water to find dog trapped rubble

  • Alvin Allmendinger talks on the phone next to the half-gutted home of his brother-in-law, where Allmendinger and family members rode out the previous night's tornado in the basement, southwest of the town of Berthoud, Colo., Friday, June 5, 2015. A storm and a tornado that touched down in northern Colorado Thursday night damaged homes and brought flooding and marble-sized hail to some areas. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Alvin Allmendinger talks on the phone next to the half-gutted home of his brother-in-law, where Allmendinger and family members rode out the previous night's tornado in the basement, southwest of the town of Berthoud, Colo., Friday, June 5, 2015. A storm and a tornado that touched down in northern Colorado Thursday night damaged homes and brought flooding and marble-sized hail to some areas. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alvin Allmendinger points to where the roof used to be in the half-gutted home of his brother-in-law, where Allmendinger and family members rode out the previous night's tornado in the basement, southwest of the town of Berthoud, Colo., Friday, June 5, 2015. A tornado that touched down in northern Colorado damaged homes and brought flooding and marble-sized hail to some areas. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Alvin Allmendinger points to where the roof used to be in the half-gutted home of his brother-in-law, where Allmendinger and family members rode out the previous night's tornado in the basement, southwest of the town of Berthoud, Colo., Friday, June 5, 2015. A tornado that touched down in northern Colorado damaged homes and brought flooding and marble-sized hail to some areas. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

9:10 a.m. (MDT)

The northern Colorado road leading to an area where two tornadoes touched down Thursday night was closed as crews check on downed power lines in the area.

Luke Koldewyn (COLD'-win) of Johnstown, who was waiting to get past a checkpoint, said his parents' modular home was destroyed in the twisters. He said his parents weren't home at the time but he waded in chest-deep water to check on their home, through a field that normally only has a small stream running through it.

He found only the house's deck was left standing and one of his parents' dogs, Luna, trapped in the rubble. "She didn't want to be free. She was scared to move," he said. Another black Lab named Juliet is missing.

He said residents are amazed that tornadoes touched down so close to the foothills, visible in the distance from the area of modest homes set on two- and three-acre plots.

"People who have lived here 50 years had never seen weather like that before," he said.